CONSULTATIVE: Provide regulatory review, consultative assistance, and data interpretation and evaluation to persons, agencies and organizations. [Derived from Iowa Administrative Code 681(263)-Chapter 5.1(2)]


The Hygienic Laboratory responds to credible threat events involving unknown substances; public health and environmental emergencies, including potential biological or chemical threats; pandemic influenza; disease outbreaks such as Ebola; and environmental or natural disasters, including chemical spills and flooding.

Confirmatory, or rule-out, testing is performed on clinical isolates to identify potential agents of bioterrorism. Emergency preparedness and response at the State Hygienic Laboratory encompasses the Laboratory Response Network, the Food Emergency Response Network and the Radiological Emergency Response Team.


  • Tested clinical isolates from sentinel laboratories throughout Iowa for substances of potential public health threat and responded to credible threat events.

  • Hosted the CDCís Rapid Methods workshop and the Bioterrorism Train-the-Trainer workshop for sentinel laboratories to design and conduct training.

Other Units in the Office of the Director

The Office of the Director consists of 10 key functional units that enable the State Hygienic Laboratory to achieve its statutory charge set forth in the Iowa Administrative Code.

The primary mission of the Disease Control Division is to test human specimens, food and water for diseases of public health significance to protect the citizens of Iowa.

The Environmental Health Division monitors drinking water, wastewater, air, soil and food for contaminants of potential environmental and public health concern.

The Division of Administration and Finance is responsible for the management of the business practices, all Hygienic Laboratory facilities, and pre/post testing support.